Oftentimes older houses have older chimneys which are no longer used or needed. So they cap them off.
In this case the idea was apparently to cover the chimney, and divert water, but still leave the chimney the ability to breath.
From outside the house I saw it and wondered if it was working.
I doubted it.
Inside the house, in the office, a part of the wall had been removed to expose this chimney's brick work as a decorative part of the wall.
That worked pretty well?
But the question remains, does this cap function as intended?
Is it working? We report, you decide.
This is the view I got of the clean out port in the cellar.
Um, it seems pretty full!
Even where mortar was missing and I could see into the chimney (very old and no flue liner) it was obvious this chimney was very full! This port is a good 30' from the top of this chimney!
I think this chimney has been unused for many years.
This cap does not keep out critters either, but I am betting there is not much room inside there for anything to live comfortably.
Squirrels, et al, are pretty ingenious about setting up their houses though! It might be a very nice place in there!
And yes, if you're asking, that TV antenna is no longer used and should be removed as it is a lightning rod at this point. Those small ground lines sometimes attached to them would not do much to divert a lightning strike! In this case, where wasn't even that ground line, that I could see!
My recommendation: when you cover a chimney, a metal, grilled cap is best practice. That keeps out water, which is THE killer of chimneys, but also animals and debris. Makeshift covers of the sort pictured here are often not useful.
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